Just make sure that if you are on a street, or the corner house you have the fence back enough from the street. I think it might be 20' from the property corner in Ames. A friend and I had to re-do his after the city stopped and told him. Of course they told him it was ok to go before we built it.
We have black chain link. We like it. Metro Fence did ours. The only suggestions I have are to offer cash and take some $$ off and BE THERE when they install it. If you are there and make sure it goes well to begin with, then you won't have the headaches if they have to re-do any parts of it.
Chain link is relatively simple to install... do it your self if you can. I did approximately 250' in my back yard to complete what the neighbors already had. I needed to contain Rex (Jim Rome listeners will understand).
Ankeny requires a fence permit. It was only $2 when I did mine but they review a drawing of the site to ensure you are not encroaching on any easements or blocking any sight lines.
Otherwise, I have heard that the black vinyl will peel after a few winters when it becomes brittle. No personal experience though.
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